Glossorhyncha keysseri

Glossorhyncha keysseri (Schltr.) P.Royen, Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2 (1979) 608, fig. 213

Basionym: Giulianettia keysseri

Epiphytic, erect or patent, slender, up to 40 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, thin, glabrous. Stems branched, slender, terete many-leaved; leaf-sheaths tightly clasping, finely warty, 0.1-0.15 cm diam., at the apex ciliate by the presence of several subulate setae. Leaves erect-patent, linear, subacute, glabrous, 1.3-2 cm long, near the middle 0.15-0.2 cm wide. Inflorescences apical, 1-flowered, sessile. Spathe as large as the floral bract, minutely and sparsely furfuraceous. Floral bract oblong, apiculate, a little more than half as long as the ovary. Flower glabrous. Sepals patent-slightly recurved, lanceolate-linear, apiculate, 1.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, a little widened at the base, shortly clasping the base of the spur. Petals patent-slightly recurved, very similar to the sepals but a little smaller and narrower, oblique. Lip very small, concave, with its margins adnate to the column below the middle of the latter, when flattened broadly rhombic, obtusely apiculate, 0.3 cm long, in the middle 0.3 cm wide; spur filiform, a little longer than and appressed to the ovary, obtuse, 1.2 cm long. Column short; clinandrium on either side with a tooth, dorsally low, broadly obtuse, clearly shorter than the rostellum. Ovary slender cylindrical, glabrous, 1.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919).

Colours: Flower apparently brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte. Altitude 2400-3700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, May, July, September, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 325-53M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.

Note: The genus Glossorhyncha is here considered to be a synonym of Glomera. For the present species a name under Glomera is not yet available; it may be a species already described under a different name.